Archive date: July 28, 2017
A Little off the Top
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I have been asked by several people this week, “Did you get your hair cut?” To which I typically responded, “Yes”. The more correct answer is, “No”. I did not get my hair cut, I cut my hair…myself, with my own hands and clippers. In fact, I have been doing so for about 10 years. I can admit that with a modicum of confidence. But in the back of your mind, you always worry about being asked, that question. I have never been asked, “Do you cut your own hair?” You never want to be asked that question. If you are asked that question, you know they already know the answer.
I grew up with a natural fear of barberism. I’m not referring to the collapse of civilization, which would be barbarism. I’m talking bad haircuts. My dad cut our hair growing up. He reasoned that anyone who could trim shrubs should be able to cut hair. Consequently, we all grew up looking like a bunch of boxwoods. So with a lot of therapy and counseling, I have overcome that fear sufficiently, so as to be able to cut my own hair. After all, I do trim shrubs... I do look like a boxwood.
I am not recommending for you to cut your own hair. I do recommend trimming your shrubs. You probably already have a pair of hedge shears. If you haven’t used them in a while, you might want to read this article first by clicking here. I generally recommend the last week of July as the last trimming time of the season. The reason is this: By trimming now, the plants have sufficient time to flush new growth and harden off before freezing temperatures occur. You heard me right, I said freezing. It will arrive again.
I don’t recommend severe pruning at this time, but if you want to improve the shape of your shrubbery, it’s a good time to take a little off the top.